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Summer school: Leaders of Innovation and Impact

Admission & participation info

NEW BEGINNING

We are excited to announce that our summer school is in the process of repositioning and rebranding. This change will require us to cancel CuriousU summer school 2023, but we are incredibly proud of our progress and look forward to offering a refreshed and improved program in the near future. We thank all our students and staff for their support and look forward to continuing to serve our community.

Want to be able to make an impact or improve your skills in doing so?

Do you want to leave your mark? Do you want to learn what change is and be able to identify opportunities for change? Are you ready to lead in times of crisis? Throughout this course, you will discover and develop your ability to execute viable change, through developing a skill set of relevant tools. We will help you learn how you can become a change agent and leader of innovation and impact. Within an interactive educational setting and through workshops, you will develop skills for your future and master the art of executing change with peers from all over the world.

With changes happening around us every day, we need to be able to deal and cope with these situations in order to thrive. Problems are becoming more and more complex as technology is rapidly evolving, which requires a different approach to thinking, identifying, designing, and implementing solutions to these complex problems. Not only is learning these skills important but being able to effectively teach these skills to other people and spread the message might be even more crucial. This course offers you a series of sessions that address not only the skills required to recognize and execute viable change, it will also teach you the ins and outs of design thinking that will allow for a step-by-step process of approaching complex projects and problems.

The Leaders of Innovation and Impact course will be a 10-day, student-driven experience of a lifetime! This UIF Meetup is organised as part of CuriousU, a European Summer School with an international taste. Can't wait for August 2022? Get even more excited with the after movies from the last two meetups in 2018 and 2019!     

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About UIF

University Innovation Fellows (UIF)are free thinkers and changemakers that are at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. They come together from different backgrounds and develop the skills to combine creative processes with academic thinking to take on complex challenges in today's world. To learn more about UIF and what they do, visit their website.

Course aims

Our course is called Leaders of Innovation and Impact. This is why we tailor our program to shaping leaders of innovation processes that are able to recognize and deal with complex and ill-defined problems by co-creating solutions and realising change. 

This year, our focus is on achieving this in times of crisis–when important decisions need to be made quickly, and under pressure. This course will draw on design thinking principles combined with more practical skill development such as communicating with stakeholders, pitching/storytelling and building a mindset for innovation and impact. You will get expert knowledge on these processes, after which you will be challenged to practically apply your knowledge during CuriousU as a means of a final case and presentation. 

This case focuses on multidisciplinary work, allowing you to interact and work with people of different backgrounds and nationalities. This week provides you with the unique opportunity to apply your learning and inspire others at the same time.

During this course you will experience different, active, learning methods:

Course outcomes

These methods will help to guide you through the course. At the end of the course you are able to:

Course requirements

Are you doubting whether this course suits you? Check out the following requirements::

Stay tuned for more upcoming information regarding the 2023 course!

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Leaders of Innovation and Impact 2022

Days
Summer sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Lunch: ExploreU
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Do not miss the chance to try the VR Parachuting experience!

Beach volleyball tournament & DJ
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Days:Sun. 14-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Mon. 15-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Days:Tue. 23-08

Have a breakfast first.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Crisis 101
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Mon. 15-08

This session will get participants acquainted, explore the definition, scope and phases of crisis.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Thu. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Simulation
Time:14:00 - 16:30
Days:Sun. 21-08

Participants will put everything they have learnt to the test as they embark on their final project in the form of a crisis simulation.

Music night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Mon. 15-08
Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

During this evening activity you can join our lean simulation game, dungeons and dragons and many more!

Dinner & Barbecue
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Lunch: Dutch Olympic Games
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a sand castle competition and a graffiti workshop!

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

The Conclusion
Time:14:00 - 16:30
Days:Mon. 22-08

Participants will present the morning’s findings, some group photos will be taken and a closing ceremony will be held.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Sun. 14-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Tue. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Lunch: Cherishing Moments
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Sun. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Mon. 15-08
Free
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Days:Mon. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Simulation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Sun. 21-08

Participants will put everything they have learnt to the test as they embark on their final project in the form of a crisis simulation.

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Free
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Lunch: Artist for a day
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know the different student teams of our university.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Wed. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Excursion
Time:14:00 - 16:30
Days:Fri. 19-08

We will be visiting some companies in the region and giving a show of what Twente has to offer.

Free
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Free
Time:16:30 - 18:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Days:Tue. 23-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

We = power
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Tue. 16-08

Building a good team and cohesively working together is essential to successfully navigating crisis situations. This session will give teams the opportunity to test their communication skills, identify strengths and weaknesses in their groups, and use that information to produce the best possible results.

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Crisis Averted
Time:14:00 - 16:30
Days:Wed. 17-08

A workshop on ensuring the impact of crisis is minimised by ALL who endure it followed by a negotiation workshop with a focus on crisis aversion.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

Stand Up Comedy
Time:20:00 - 22:30
Days:Mon. 15-08
Excursion
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Fri. 19-08

We will be visiting some companies in the region and giving a show of what Twente has to offer.

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Let’s Talk…
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Wed. 17-08

…about the EU — how it deals with crises, makes policies and handles public communication. This lecture will be followed by a workshop about communicating to the public in crisis situations.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Mon. 22-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Breakfast & Inspiration
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Fri. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Free day
Time:08:15 - 22:30
Days:Sat. 20-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Looking in
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Thu. 18-08

This will be a morning filled with introspection and learning skills for better self governance for ourselves and the series of events in times of crisis.

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Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Responsible Futuring
Time:14:00 - 16:30
Days:Thu. 18-08

We will take a look at how we can design for the future in a responsible way through this masterclass.

Who are we? Really?
Time:14:00 - 16:30
Days:Mon. 15-08

Participants will have the opportunity to explore their personal morals, values and ethics. They will also see these in action as they are given moral and ethical dilemmas under time constraints. The afternoon will be closed off by hearing from people who deal with crisis on a regular basis.

Embrace Discomfort
Time:14:00 - 16:30
Days:Tue. 16-08

Participants will be thrown out of their comfort zone during this unconventional session. We will be learning how to give a good pitch in rather unusual conditions. Afterwards, the team work from earlier will be put to good use as an escape room situation will be introduced.

CuriousU Closing Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2022 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Looking back to look forward
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Mon. 22-08

We will reflect on the simulation and participants will compile all the information and decisions made to evaluate their own performance and see what they could’ve done differently and what they can take going forward.

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Details

Target group: Advanced bachelor students. 
Credits: 1.5 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school